Location of the Remote Receiver on a PT Cruiser

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The remote receiver on a Chrysler PT Cruiser is part of the keyless entry system. This component is designed to receive the signal from the keyless entry remote. The remote receiver recognizes the coded radio signal from the remote -- and actuates the door locks or trunk - when buttons are pressed on the keyless remote. A faulty remote receiver renders the keyless entry system inoperable. New remote receivers are available from certified Chrysler dealerships.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver set
  • 3/8-inch ratchet
  • 3/8-inch metric socket set
  • Place the PT Cruiser's transmission into first gear or park, and shut off the engine. Engage the parking brake.

  • Insert a flathead screwdriver between the power-window switch and dashboard. Gently pry the switch out of its socket in the dash. Disconnect the switch's electrical connector, and set it aside. Remove the retaining screw holding the instrument panel's trim-plate to the dashboard with a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the HVAC control knobs by pulling them straight off of the HVAC panel.

  • Pry around the circumference of the instrument panel's trim-plate with a flathead screwdriver. Pop loose the trim-plate Remove the two metric-screws holding the dashboard pad to the dashboard, using a 3/8-inch ratchet and a metric socket.

  • Pull the dashboard pad toward the rear of the vehicle until it pops loose. Remove the pad and set it in the back seat.

  • Locate the remote receiver. It is on top of the dashboard, just above the the HVAC control panel. It is a small, square plastic box, and is attached to the dashboard with two bolts. The remote receiver is attached to a large, multi-wire electrical connector.

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